Jazz musician Taylor Eigsti has partnered with CSMA to compose “Imagine Our Future” a new piece affirming that creativity and imagination are essential to shaping tomorrow’s world. The 45-minute work for piano and ensemble will be crowd-sourced from Bay Area high school students!
How do YOU imagine the future? Share your original art with us - music, art, poetry, creative writing, dance - whatever inspires YOU. Every submission will be included in Taylor’s final work in some way. Each student will receive a short video response from Taylor describing how your art inspired him and how it was included in his composition.
The completed work will premiere here in the Bay Area in April 2020. Every student who contributes to the project will be invited to the performance.
Taylor Eigsti, a two-time GRAMMY nominee, began taking jazz piano lessons at CSMA at age six. A Menlo Park native, he attended Woodside Priory School. Eigsti grew up performing at many Bay Area venues in his teenage years. Highlights include being invited to perform with Dave Brubeck at the age of 12, and giving a private performance for President Bill Clinton several years later. Eigsti is now a seasoned pianist and composer living in New York City, actively touring internationally with his own band, and many others.
Eigsti has released 7 albums as a bandleader, and received two GRAMMY nominations for Best Jazz Solo and Best Instrumental Composition after releasing “Lucky to Be Me” (Concord Jazz). Recently, Eigsti co-composed a featured composition with Don Cheadle for the GRAMMY-winning soundtrack to “Miles Ahead”, and will be featured on the upcoming PBS Special “An Evening with Chris Botti” for Great Performances.
He has toured, performed or recorded with artists including Joshua Bell, Gretchen Parlato, Vanessa Williams, Sting, John Mayer, Terence Blanchard, Esperanza Spalding, and Frederica von Stade, among many others. Eigsti has performed at premiere venues throughout the world, including the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Red Rocks Amphitheater, and numerous others. His compositional work has included writing for many top symphony orchestras, and writing for film scores including “Detachment” starring Oscar-winner Adrien Brody.
As a composer, there is no greater joy than to discover a piece as it takes shape organically, and I’ve never been more excited for a compositional adventure as I am for "Imagine Our Future". I am thrilled to be working with CSMA, an organization that has helped guide me musically in various ways over the course of 27 years. - Taylor Eigsti
Launched in 2017 in honor of the Hewlett Foundation’s 50th anniversary, the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions is a five-year, $8 million initiative awarding ten commissions annually in five performing arts disciplines. The project supports the creation and premiere of 50 exceptional new works by world-class artists in partnership with Bay Area nonprofit organizations. Each local nonprofit organization that was selected will receive a grant of $150,000 to commission major new musical compositions from world-class artists in genres including chamber, electronic, jazz, opera, and hip hop. These artworks will bring communities together in the Bay Area and go on to inspire, engage, and challenge audiences across the country and around the world in years to come.
In consideration for the opportunity to participate in and contribute to Taylor Eigsti’s “Imagine Our Future” composition in connection with The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions grant (the “Composition”), I (together with my parents or guardians) hereby release and agree to hold harmless The Community School of Music and Arts (“CSMA”) from any and all claims, rights, liens, demands, causes of actions, obligations, damages, and liabilities, whether known or unknown, whether caused by negligence or otherwise, which I now have or ever have had or ever in the future may have, and which are or may be based in whole or in part, or arise or may arise out of, or are or may be related to, or are or may be in any way connected with, my contribution to or involvement in the Composition or my Contribution. I agree that my participation in the Composition and any related events is voluntary.
I (together with my parents or guardians) agree that CSMA or Taylor Eigsti may take the audio, video, audiovisual works, and all text, images, photographs, sound recordings, musical works (including when embodied in sound recordings or audiovisual works) and/or any other works or artistic expressions subject to protection under the copyright or other laws of the United States or any foreign jurisdiction that I provide to Taylor Eigsti or CSMA in connection with the Composition (my “Contribution”), incorporate my Contribution into the Composition, and otherwise freely use my Contribution in connection with the Composition. I (together with my parents or guardians) agree that all right, title, and interest in my Contribution is the sole and exclusive property of CSMA. I (together with my parents or guardians) hereby irrevocably assign fully to CSMA all of my right, title and interest in and to the Contribution.
I (together with my parents or guardians) represent and warrant that my contribution is my own, exclusive, original work of authorship, and I have all rights necessary to assign and transfer the Contribution to CSMA. I (together with my parents or guardians) agree that all results and proceeds derived from the Composition and the Contribution will be owned exclusively by CSMA, and no portion of such proceeds (if any) will be shared with me. I (together with my parents or guardians) agree that CSMA has no liability to me or my parents or guardians under or in connection with the Composition or my Contribution.
This Student Submission Form will be governed by the laws of the State of California without reference to its conflict of law principles. Exclusive jurisdiction of all disputes hereunder will be in the state and federal courts sitting in California. If any provision of this Authorization Release is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be contrary to law, such provision will be changed and interpreted so as to best accomplish the objectives of the original provision to the fullest extent allowed by law, and if no feasible interpretation will save such provision, it will be severed, and the remaining provisions will remain in full force and effect.